Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas has revealed he has been suffering from HIV and has been secretly living with the virus for years.
The 45-year-old who retired from .ing rugby in 2011 having won 100 international caps for Wales said that the impact of hiding his HIV status for years left him contemplating suicide.
Thomas who came out as gay in 2009 also confirmed that his husband Stephen, who he met after being diagnosed, does not have the virus.
‘I’ve been living with this secret for years. I’ve felt shame and keeping such a big secret has taken its toll, he told the Sunday Mirror.
I had a fear people would judge me and treat me like a leper because of a lack of knowledge. I was in a dark place, feeling suicidal. I thought about driving off a cliff.
‘To me, wanting to die was just a natural thought and felt like the easier way out, but you have to confront things. And having a strong support system and the personal strength and experience of overcoming those emotions got me through it.
Speaking about his . to being told, the former British and Irish Lions Captain said: ‘When she said those words I broke down. I was in such a state. I immediately thought I was going to die. I felt like an express train was hitting me at 300mph. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Then I was thinking ‘how long have I got left?’ I was distraught.’
Explaining his decision to tell his story on camera he said: ‘The reason I’m doing this is because, firstly, I want to remember what it’s like to live again. I want to remember what it’s like to feel free. And by doing that, I want to empower so many other people who are in exactly the same position as me – and probably ten times worse – to be able to feel free again. And to do that I have to, I have to educate myself. I have to be strong. I have to be, at the end of it, a completely different person to the person I am now.
‘I think what I want to learn is that I’ve got HIV – and it’s OK. That’s what I want to learn. More than anything.’
According to Mail Online, the sportsman now takes one tablet containing four medications each day, and doctors have said his condition is under control to the point that it is considered ‘undetectable’ and cannot be passed on.
Singer Davido officially share photo of his son
DMW boss, David Adeleke otherwise known as, Davido, has announced the save delivery of his fiance, Chioma who he proposed to a few months ago.
The singer welcomed a baby boy at the early hours of Sunday, in a foreign hospital.
He took to his twitter handle to make this public to his fans, and he has been receiving congratulatory messages.
He wrote “OMOBA TI DE!!! DAVID ADEDEJI ADELEKE jr I !! D PRINCE IS HERE 20 – 10 – 2019!!! Love you my STRONG WIFE!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
See his post below;
Residents warned to take Caution as Lion Escapes from Kano Zoo
A lion on Saturday, was said to have escaped from its cage at the Kano Zoo.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, made this known via his Twitter page.
Yakassai warned Nigerians living around the zoo to be vigilant and careful.
He, however, added that the lion was still within the premises of the zoo as authorities were working to capture the wild cat. . read:
It Is true that a Lion in Kano Zoo has escaped and the authorities are doing everything humanly possible to capture it. So far theres no cause for alarm as the lion is still within the premises of the Kano Zoo but those living within the area are advised to be vigilante.
. Residents warned to take Caution as Lion Escapes from Kano Zoo . .
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